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Jeremy Pelt - #Jiveculture (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jeremy Pelt
Title: #Jiveculture
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © HighNote Records, Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 53:16
Recorded: September 9, 2015, at Systems Two Recording Studios, NY

Great musicians need to play with great musicians. It's not an ego-driven game, it's tug-of-war. The way to get better, expand one's horizons as both technician and visionary, is to have someone capable of challenging one's established ability. Artists travel new paths most often because someone or something pushes us. Perhaps it's for that reason that Jeremy Pelt has long entertained a wish to make a recording with Ron Carter, a solid claimant to the title of Greatest Living Bassist. "I didn't know how it would happen, I didn't know what it was going to be," the trumpeter says, "But I knew I wanted to do a record with Ron." With Jive Culture, that wish becomes reality. Long-time associates Danny Grissett and Billy Drummond are on hand backing Pelt as he roars and soars through some new compositions, a couple of standards and Ron Carter's own "Einbahnstrasse." Not to be missed!
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Illinois Jacquet - Swing's The Thing (1956/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Illinois Jacquet
Title: Swing's The Thing
Genre: Jazz, Blues, Bop, Swing, Jump Blues, Cool, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group | Analogue Productions XVRJ8023D64
Release Date: 1956/2011
Quality: DSF Mono 2.0 DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 34:20
Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, October 16, 1956

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

Illinois Jacquet's 1956 album Swing's The Thing features Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Jones, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Jo Jones. Throughout his career, Jacquet, who was born of a Sioux mother and a Creole father, played marvelous swing music. He was famed for his imaginative improvisations and gave brilliant shows with the Count Basie orchestra and at a number of Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts. The man from Louisiana performed swing at every live appearance - no wonder, then, that Norman Granz chose this theme as the title of the present recording, which was set down in October 1956. This time, however, Jimmy Jones on the piano was not responsible for providing the background for a vocal soloist; rather he delivers airy chords for the swinging tenor sax. That all musicians are superb interpreters of ballads is testified to in "Harlem Nocturne," where Illinois Jacquet's sound can best be described as "soulful."
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Herbie Hancock - Perfect Machine (1988/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Perfect Machine
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Future Jazz, Electro, Funk, House, Fusion
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1988/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:25
Recorded: Quad Recording Studios, New York, NY; Garage Sale Recording Studios, Los Angeles

Set upon recapturing the pop ground he had invaded with Future Shock, Hancock relies upon many of the former's ingredients for yet another go-'round on Perfect Machine. High-tech producer Bill Laswell is back, so is scratchmaster D. ST. -- and armed with a warehouse of mostly digital keyboards, Hancock adds the distinctive bass of Bootsy Collins and the Ohio Players' vocalist Sugarfoot, who always sounds as if he had just swallowed something. The music is mostly thumping, funk-drenched techno-pop which still has some verve, particularly the designated single "Vibe Alive" and the "Maiden Voyage" interlude as heard through an electronic fun-house mirror. But this is not really an advance over Hancock's early-'80s pop projects. This would be Hancock's last album for at least seven years as he concentrated upon film projects and reunions with Miles Davis alumni (there was also an aborted deal with the Qwest label). As such, Perfect Machine is an appropriate end to this chapter in his career. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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Herbie Hancock - Directstep (1979/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Directstep
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Post Bop, Disco, Fusion
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1979/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:30:36
Recorded: October 17 & 18, 1978 at CBS/SONY Studio, Tokyo, Japan

For the rabid audiophiles in Japan, Herbie Hancock went to Tokyo to record a direct-to-disc LP that later became one of the world's earliest CD releases. Due perhaps to the arduous one-take-only nature of the direct-to-disc process, Hancock takes the rare step of using a second keyboardist, Webster Lewis, to handle the multiple electronic textures; the rest of the cast is a quorum of Headhunters (Bennie Maupin, reeds; Paul Jackson, bass; Bill Summers, percussion), plus guitarist Ray Obiedo and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Understandably, the music sometimes sounds a bit inhibited and structured, but there are some refreshingly jarring rhythmic disruptions in "Butterfly," "Shiftless Shuffle" eventually develops a fine roadhouse groove, and the extended "I Thought It Was You" cuts the original version on Sunlight. The LP sound is excellent, especially the rock-solid bass and drums. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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Haydn 2032, Vol. 3: Solo e pensoso - Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Artist: Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
Title: Haydn 2032, Vol. 3: Solo e pensoso
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Productions | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:47
Recorded: Teldex Studio Berlin, 18-22 November 2015

Looking ahead to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Haydn in 2032, the Joseph Haydn Foundation of Basel has joined forces with the Alpha Classics label to record all of the composer’s 107 symphonies. This ambitious project is placed under the artistic direction of Giovanni Antonini, who now presents the third volume, after two previous issues that attracted great attention and received numerous awards, including the Echo Klassik Prize 2015 for the ‘best orchestral recording’ of the year. Since he sees the music of Haydn as ‘a kaleidoscope of human emotions’, Giovanni Antonini has decided to approach the symphonies not chronologically, but thematically; the theme here is Haydn the philosopher. The Italian conductor has chosen in each of the programs to make connections between the symphonies and other works. For this volume, he calls on the magnificent soprano Francesca Aspromonte to perform a number of arias including the famous ‘Solo e pensoso’.
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Hank Snow - Sings Your Favorite Country Hits (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Hank Snow
Title: Hank Snow Sings Your Favorite Country Hits
Genre: Country, Gospel, Country Boogie, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:54
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Hank Snow had three hits in 1965, but none of them are on Sings Your Favorite Country Hits. The album was aimed at Snow's fans, who would happily consume his versions of recent hits and older favorites because they enjoyed his voice and were familiar with many, if not most, of the songs. The then-"current" hit songs (all from 1963) include "Six Days on the Road," "Mary Ann Regrets," and "From a Jack to a King," while the oldies feature Marvin Rainwater's "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird"; the ever-popular "White Silver Sands"; and Jimmy Dean's first hit, "Bumming Around." This kind of album package, consisting of a name artist covering well-known songs, was common in the '60s, being easy to produce and a solid seller that pleased the artist's followers. The absence of original material would be seen as a fault by many latter-day critics, but Sings Your Favorite Country Hits was created for a certain purpose and, in that regard, is a success. --AllMusic Review by Greg Adams
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